By Ashley Inge—
Twisted J is hosting a benefit to honor local Texas Home Grown Radio DJ, Jody Lee Caudle on Sunday July 1 from noon to midnight.
Caudle, who has congestive heart failure, has been in and out of the hospital for several months. Caudle is currently at Medical City of Fort Worth.
According to a release from Twisted J, “Jody Lee Caudle has been a staple in the Stephenville community for over 40 years. Whether it is attending local events, advertising for businesses, supporting those around him or simply just giving a friend a hand, Caudle has always been there for the citizens of Stephenville and Erath County.”
“At some point, Jody Lee has most likely crossed your path. It is now our turn to lend Jody Lee a helping hand,” the Twisted J release said.
Bayli Johnson, the chief mark
eting officer at Twisted J, explained what Caudle has done for the close-knit community of Stephenville.
“Jody Lee has been highly involved in our community for over 40 years, always giving a helping hand at the drop of a hat for anyone that needs it,” Johnson said in an interview. “He’s especially been involved with helping musicians in getting their careers started with his radio station, Texas Home Grown Radio,” Johnson said.
According to a release from Twisted J, people of the Stephenville community have banded together in an attempt to help the Caudle family with medical and travel expenses.
“The last few months his health has declined drastically putting him in and out of the hospital. Unfortunately, he has now been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. With that, medical bills are already rising, and will continue to do so in the future, so Twisted J has come together to hold a benefit to help with costs as much as possible,” Johnson said.
The event is called Jody Lee’s Pickin’ Party. The day will be filled with food, games, silent and live auctions and live music with over 40 musical performances including Shea Abshier, BK & The Understanding, Larry Joe Taylor and many others.
BK Helton of BK & The Understanding said he is glad to be participating in this benefit to help Jody Lee Caudle.
“He has such a kind heart and has done everything he can to help every up-and-coming musician or aspiring artist from this region over the years,” Helton said.
The entry fee for Jody Lee’s Pickin’ Party will be by donation. There is no set amount.
“It’s whatever your heart feels to give,” Johnson added.
Donations are being accepted through today and can be dropped off at Twisted J or can be picked up by calling Twisted J at 254-434-2660.
“We (Twisted J) are just truly grateful to be in a position to be able to help Jody Lee out, and are thankful for all of the artists and community for rallying together with us,” Johnson said.
For more information about Jody Lee’s Pickin’ Party, email firstname.lastname@example.org.